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Open Minds 2016: Public Square

Jonardon Ganeri: Wisdom of the East

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Ganeri deserves credit for familiarising the world with various facets of Indian philosophy

Trained as a mathematician at Cambridge university, Jonardon Ganeri fell under the spell of Indian philosophy later. Currently a professor of Philosophy at New York University, he is also the winner of the 2015 Infosys Prize in the Humanities category. Ganeri deserves acclaim for familiarising the world with various facets of Indian philosophy through his stunning works such as Artha, The Concealed Art of the Soul, The Self and The Lost Age of Reason. He is simply one of the best writers to analyse and interpret Indian thought. According to him, the hallmark of Indian philosophy—though it has been obscured by colonial manipulation of academic curricula—‘is a diversity of profound exploration into the multiple dimensions of human experience’.

Ways of thinking about what it is to lead a human life that do not have their origin in the Abrahamic faiths have enormous importance in modern, global, dialogues about justice, fair representation, and equality

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